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"Together we stand, divided we fall"

I will like to start by painting the picture of women in different categories in my society. When I was young, the impression I had in mind was that a woman stays at home and takes care of the home in doing all the house chores and ensuring that the children are born and properly taken care of. This care taking ranged from taking care of their needs: food, health, religious needs and all other needs geared towards the wellbeing of the children. This however was to be done with the financial support from the man who to me was not just the head of the family, but the decision maker and the sole provider. The woman on the other hand could contribute with the crops she produced in the farms as supplementary food supply for the family. She was a full time “house wife”. House wife being a profession, and even if we look at the marriage certificates of most women, “Housewife” is the word written on the space provided for profession. I had the same experience. When I was producing my ID card as a graduate from the University, to my greatest dismay, the official who entered my information entered housewife in the place for profession and I only noticed it when the document was produced. I believe he did so because I was there with my husband. I had to carry that ID for 10 years.
It was also a very common phenomenon for young women to give up not only education but sometimes their jobs when they got married, at times under the influence of their husbands. My mother once told me before marriage she was a nurse, a profession which she gave up after marriage and engaged more in farming. My aunt with whom I was living at the University before marriage was a wardress and also gave it up to depend on her rich husband. Only later did she notice how impossible she could go back to her former well paying job, she had to settle for something else. The scenario ha however improved because women have become more aware of the contributions they can make as educated and economically viable women to their person, community, country and the world. A learned woman will stop at nothing to make an impact. It is amazing the success stories that most independent women share nowadays. Unfortunately, they still have problems to give some of them the necessary educational empowerment in my community. All their difficulties were highlighted in my previous write up.
I have a vision to play a major role as a leader in my community. I want to be like someone who will assist them to see a bridge at a juncture where they thought they were stuck or bring hope to a seemingly hopeless situation. I will be doing this by getting to know girls who don’t go to or drop out of school and looking for ways to assist them get this very valuable resource.
A saying goes that “together we stand, divided we fall”. If I become a Voices of Our Future Correspondent, I will be able to sound loudly some of these issues and see how as sisters we can jointly put our hands together and contribute in whatever way possible and be of assistance to these kids so that they can appreciate life and the world more. The hopes too are that what they will benefit thanks to the assistance they get from others, that they will also be able to reciprocate and keep the chain moving.
Whenever I present a situation and a project to the world pulse family and what I want to do to be of help, I hope to get suggestions and advice from members geared towards salvaging the situation. I will also expect to have human and financial support to realize projects presented in order that its implementation should have the desired impact.

Love you all,
Tina Young.

Comments

Nakinti's picture

Thank you dear

Thank you Tina Young for this Post.
Take a look at this sentence that you made; it really interest me:
"...When I was producing my ID card as a graduate from the University, to my greatest dismay, the official who entered my information entered housewife in the place for profession and I only noticed it when the document was produced."
Haha, it is even not funny to think that 3 years ago, I went to make my ID card in Yaounde and the Officer just put 'Housewife' in the place of profession in my ID card even though I am NOT married...can you imagine? Like you I only discovered it after I had taken my ID home. Thank God I misplaced that ID about a month ago and I am in for a new one.
We have been officially labelled as housewives...too bad.
Thanks sis for sharing this piece.
Love.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Tina Young's picture

Funny indeed

My dear sister that only goes a long way to tell us how we are being regarded and it is us to change this stereotype impression of us.

Katalina's picture

Thanks

Very touching post. All the best of success in your mission. Katalina

Fatima Waziri's picture

Really? Housewife as a

Really? Housewife as a profession without even asking? geez, thank God for changing times.

Peace!
Fatima

sallysmithr's picture

Very inspirational

Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoyed you providing a backdrop of what things are like in your community to provide a better perspective of where you would like to see things. I love when you said, "The scenario however improved because women have become more aware of the contributions they can make as educated and economically viable women to their person, community, country and the world." I believe this to be very true. There is a lot more involved within education and the benefits us women can attain as I feel your statement shows. It sounds like you have a very positive vision and have many great ideas on how you plan to help your community. I wish you the very best.

Sally

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